Urban Simplicity has perfected a process to organize our clients and design custom systems to help them maintain lasting results. In the initial consultation visit, we'll get a sense of the scope of projects and make sure our services are the right solution for your life. Then we'll create a detailed action plan for each project. Next, we'll put the plan into action and start the organizing process, beginning with sorting and cataloging the parts of your life. Once we've organized everything, we'll give you a customized list of products to make your new systems work. Finally, we'll create a step-by-step maintenance plan to help you manage both your space and your time. After that, there's only one thing left to do: enjoy your organized and stress-free life!
Check out our case studies to learn more about how Urban Simplicity will organize your life.
Every time Sarah walked into her nine-year-old daughter Lexi’s room, she wanted to scream. Lexi loves to paint and draw, but her room had started to look more like a downtown art studio than a child’s bedroom. Sarah wanted to encourage her daughter’s creativity but didn’t think the total disorder was good for anybody.
Goal: An organized room for a creative nine-year-old.
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When we first visited Lexi’s room, her art supplies were all over the place. Some were shoved in a bookshelf that had been placed in the closet to create more storage space, while others were just crammed into any open space in the room. And every time Lexi wanted to work on an art project, she’d have to sort through all the different piles of supplies, which only made a bigger mess.
Our first step was sorting and grouping all of the art supplies. We then put the sorted supplies in labeled containers, which were organized according to how often Lexi used them.
Organizing the art supplies freed up a lot of space in the closet. We were able to install a new rod, so Lexi has better access to all of her clothes.
There was one final piece. Sarah likes to keep Lexi’s artwork and other keepsakes, including awards and photographs. First, we sorted large keepsakes in boxes organized by year. Then, for photos and smaller pictures, we created custom albums for each year. Updating Lexi’s keepsake album collection is now a special project Sarah and Lexi can enjoy together.
Cleaning up Lexi’s organized room now only takes a few minutes each day. And she not only has more room to draw and paint but space to save all her artwork.
Bruce, a freelance writer, loved working from home. One day, after a missed deadline cost him yet another assignment, he realized he might love working from home a little too much. Bruce knew he needed a better work environment but he was overwhelmed and had no idea where to begin.
Goal: Organize a studio apartment that functions as both a living space and an office.
Bruce was buried under an avalanche of paper. Personal bills, work bills and important business documents were in a stack on his desk, sometimes even covering his laptop. Bruce’s desk was even more disorganized: drawers were full of scraps of paperwork and half-used spiral notebooks with notes for current projects, future projects, and ideas for a few books that he wanted to write.
First, we reviewed and sorted each piece of paperwork, from bills to bank statements to scraps of paper scribbled with ideas for Bruce’s next article. We categorized Bruce’s notes based on their relevance, from current projects, old projects, and projects to consider. We created color-coded project folders, giving Bruce a visual of his work and a place and system to store his notes and ideas for all his projects.
We found that Bruce was keeping way more paper than he needed and were able to shred a fair amount. We then created custom filing systems for both his home and office files and stored them in two separate drawers in Bruce’s desk.
Organizing the desk created space in the drawers for office supplies, which were in a kitchen drawer alongside forks and knives. We put Bruce’s office supplies in a desk drawer that had previously been filled with scraps of paper and old business cards. The business cards can now be input into Bruce’s digital address book.
Finally, we moved the desk. It was facing a working fireplace, leaving Bruce with no wall space. The furniture in the room was rearranged so the desk now faces the opposite wall. On the wall, we hung whiteboards, so Bruce would have a way to track current projects, to-do items, and general brainstorming. The best part: Bruce now regularly enjoys his fireplace.
Allison and Michael were engaged to be married. Five months before the big day, they moved in together. Both busy professionals, they were immediately overwhelmed with the stress of merging their households, planning their upcoming wedding, and the constant delivery of new gifts. The happiest time of their lives was quickly becoming stressful and anxious.
Goal: Merge two households so that a happy couple can plan and enjoy their wedding.
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Before moving in together, Allison and Michael did not edit their belongings: they just brought everything they owned, resulting in two sets of mismatched dishes, a big box of various towels, and much more. In a planning session, we made a list of all duplicate household items. As boxes were unpacked, duplicate items were separated for donation. No duplicate items made it into kitchen cabinets or closets.
Allison and Michael also each had a way of keeping track of paperwork, but now their family files needed to be merged and stored in one place. Paperwork was sorted and organized into shared family files that were set up in a filing system in their spare bedroom/home office.
Still, unpacking and sorting through all the boxes was taking too long, given the couple’s busy work schedules and wedding planning. With an extra set of hands to help with the process and a list of set priorities and goals for the unpacking and sorting, the process went much faster, allowing the bride and groom to focus on wedding details.
Finally, wedding gifts were arriving daily, and there was no place to put them. The couple began to worry that a gift would be misplaced or accidentally thrown away. A staging area was cleared in the spare bedroom/home office for the gifts. The area included supplies to open and breakdown the large boxes, trash bags for the wrapping paper, a file for wedding cards, a file for checks or cash received, and a master tracking list for the gifts.